Family Dynamics and Trauma: Therapeutic Insights and Clinical Interventions
  6 Hours, 0 Minutes   

Wednesday, July 24th, 2024
Class 1: 10:00 AM EDT
Class 2: 1:45 PM EDT
   Dr. Karen Gail Lewis
   Dr. Mike Abrams, PhD, MBA, ABPP
6 CEs
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Webinar Description

Full Day Webinar 

July 24th, 2024

10:00 AM - 4:45 PM EST 

This Full Day Webinar includes two excellent classes, a total of 6 CE Credits. The cost of the full day is $99.99. You may attend an individual class for $59.99. This webinar is live and interactive (Category 1)

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Class 1

Adult Siblings: A Hidden Resource in Individual and Couples' Therapy

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST

The relationship between brothers and sisters, who are about four years of age, has been called a “first marriage,” since they are each other’s first peer relationship.  During this time, they learn (or don’t learn) to start, resolve, and avoid fights; to compete, save face, negotiate, cooperate; to go back and forth between loving and fighting; to know when to exert power and when to withdraw or rely on other skills such as humor, manipulation, blackmail, tattling, bartering, silence.

Our clients bring these learned (or not learned) skills from childhood to their adult lives, transferring them onto their love and work relationships.Three core issues explain this: frozen images, crystallized roles, and unhealthy loyalty. Further, old unresolved childhood issues sometimes lead to behavioral problems that have an unconscious “message” to siblings.  This workshop will professionals recognize and determine ideas for how to incorporate these hidden resources in their treatment of individuals and couples.

Dr Karen Gail Lewis, EdD, MSW, has been practicing as a marriage and family therapist for over 40 years, in both Washington, DC and in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the author of several books including Siblings: The Ghost of Childhood that Haunt Your Love and Work and Why Don’t You Understand? A Gender Relationship Dictionary. Dr. Lewis lectures both nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics, focusing on family and couples’ relationships, women’s friendships, and adult siblings. She has been interviewed by dozens of newspapers and magazines including, the New York Times, Woman’s World, Cincinnati Enquirer, Cosmopolitan, the Boston Globe, Psychology today, and the Washington Post. Dr. Lewis has taught at Johns Hopkins Medical School, Catholic University in Washington DC, and other Universities and has been on the editorial boards of four professional journals.

3 Hours


Class 2

Insights into the Origins of Sexual Trauma with Clinical Interventions

1:45 PM - 4:45 PM EST

This new training will review the research and current models of the evolution of sexual trauma. We will explore the differences between men and women in their response to childhood trauma and the evolutionary psychological foundations for these differences. Importantly, this training will introduce some specific interventions for practitioners to help people afflicted with the adult manifestations of childhood trauma. Many of these will be based on recently published research by Dr. Mike Abrams.

During this class we will look at the use of objective measures in assessing sexual problems. Clinicians will receive assistance in determining the point at which a sexual style becomes a dysfunction. Case studies will be presented to clarify some of the techniques that are discussed in this training.

Trainer, Dr. Mike Abrams, PhD, MBA, ABPP, is a psychologist and co-author with Albert Ellis of several works on rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). He is the author of 5 psychology books or textbooks and more than 20 research publications. His most recent book “The New CBT: Clinical Evolutionary Psychology" has been reviewed as the book on the subject Dr. Abrams is best known for extending CBT to include principles of evolutionary psychology and collaborating with the founder of CBT Albert Ellis to develop many new applications for these clinical modalities.

Dr. Abrams’ new clinical method which applies evolutionary psychology and behavioral genetics to CBT is called Informed Cognitive Therapy (ICT). His current research has found new connections between childhood abuse and adult sexual functioning.Dr. Abrams is an Adjunct Full Professor in the M.A. Program in Psychology at New York University where he teaches graduate level courses in modern psychotherapeutic technique, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the Psychology of Sexuality. Prior to his work with Ellis and his more recent contributions to psychotherapy research, Abrams worked with people suffering from life-threatening illnesses and was the first non-gay psychologist to volunteer to counsel people with AIDS at the Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York. This work led to a book co-authored with Ellis on Death and Dying. In it, he and Ellis rejected the stage theory of Kubler-Ross and replaced it with a constructivist model of the psychology of confronting mortality.

3 Hours

This  One Day Seminar  includes two excellent classes, a total of 6 CEs. The cost of the full day is $99.99. You may attend an individual class for $59.99.

Webinars included in this package:

Adult Siblings: A Hidden Resource in Individual and Couples' Therapy

Insights into the Origins of Sexual Trauma with Clinical Interventions

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